Peter Foley, 2016 Artist

Sin Titulo: Allegory
mixed media on canvas


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Peter Foley isPeter Foley an artist who works in a variety of media. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, he presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed. His artworks feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it.
Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works.
The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages. His works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, he wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
He currently lives and works in San Francisco, Lisbon and Escazu,Costa Rica.

Art Work Details

Allegory 90, mixed media on canvas, 20 “x 16”
Allegory 91, mixed media on canvas, 78” x 72”
Allegory 92, mixed media on canvas, 48” x 36”
Allegory 93, mixed media on canvas, 20” x 19”
Allegory 1001, mixed media on canvas, 72″ x 48″
Allegory 1002, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1003, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1004, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1006, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1007, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1008, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1009, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1010, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1011, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″
Allegory 1012, mixed media on canvas, 78″ x 72″

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